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Planetary RadioMay 15, 2019

A Last Visit With LightSail 2 at the Cubesat Developers Workshop

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John Bellardo
John Bellardo

Director, Cal Poly SLO CubeSat Research Lab

Cristina de Castillo Sancho
Cristina de Castillo Sancho

Programme and Engineering Coordinator, University Education, European Space Agency

Aaron Fielden

Undergraduate, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Amelia Greig
Amelia Greig

Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Emily Mattle

Undergraduate, Morehead State University

Jordan Ticktin
Jordan Ticktin

Graduate Student, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Headshot of Bruce Betts
Bruce Betts

Chief Scientist / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society

Headshot of Mat Kaplan
Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer

Mat Kaplan visits Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a last, clean room visit with LightSail 2, the Planetary Society’s solar sailing cubesat. While there, Mat also talked to attendees at the Cubesat Developers Workshop, including the creator of the tiny “Pocket Rocket” engine for small spacecraft. LightSail2 is now at the Air Force Research Lab for launch preparation, as we hear from Bruce Betts in this week’s What’s Up.

LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo clean room

Mat Kaplan

LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo clean room
Mat Kaplan, John Bellardo, Jordan Ticktin and Aaron Fielden

Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan, John Bellardo, Jordan Ticktin and Aaron Fielden
Mat Kaplan, John Bellardo, Jordan Ticktin and Aaron Fielden with LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly clean room
Amelia Greig’s Pocket Rocket installed in a single cubesat unit

Mat Kaplan

Amelia Greig’s Pocket Rocket installed in a single cubesat unit
Mat Kaplan and Amelia Greig

Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan and Amelia Greig
Mat Kaplan and Cal Poly professor and Pocket Rocket developer Amelia Greig.
Pocket Rocket firing in a vacuum chamber

Mat Kaplan

Pocket Rocket firing in a vacuum chamber
Pocket Rocket firing in a vacuum chamber at the Cubesat Developers Workshop.
Emily Mattle at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop

Mat Kaplan

Emily Mattle at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop
Student Emily Mattle of Morehead State University at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop
Cristina de Castillo Sancho

Mat Kaplan

Cristina de Castillo Sancho
The European Space Agency’s Cristina de Castillo Sancho presents at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop.

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About how wide an area was observed to have changed due to the Hayabusa 2 SCI impact on asteroid Ryugu?

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What is the name of the approximately 930-meter asteroid that will fly by Earth at only .65 lunar distances in June of 2028?

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What comet’s debris is responsible for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower?

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Comet Halley is responsible for the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower.

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